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Kaiketsu Zorro

Hi, everyone. I decided to post to this community to ask if there are any other fans of the 1996 anime series, Kaiketsu Zorro. I bought the German DVD boxes about half a year ago and have been madly in love with the series ever since, but it's driving me mad that I haven't been able to find any English-speaking fans. It's understandable considering that the series was never properly released in English (I think there's only that excuse of a movie), but I'm curious to know if there are any people who know the series.

I'm a bit of an odd Zorro fan in the sense that I almost always like the villains the best in any adaptation. The same applies this time, but I'm ready to talk about anything related to this series. I'm currently writing a novel-length fanfic about Lieutenant Gabriel, and it's a somewhat lonely job since there is no English fandom and I'm not good enough to write in German. It would be great to discuss the characters and episodes with someone.

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(Anonymous)
May. 10th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Kaiketsu Zorro fan
Hi! I know what you mean because I'm also a Kaiketsu Zorro fan. This anime brings back good old memories... ^_^ I'd love to do a fanfic but I need to rewatch the series first (preferrably in the original language, with English subs <- if it does exist) so that I can write the characters properly (otherwise I can try the characterization through indirect means). My other problem would be whether or not anyone would read it, let alone review it, as English-speaking fans of the show are rare/hard to find. But it's great to know that you're writing a fanfic! What is it specifically about?

Thanks! ^_^
vampirenaomi
May. 10th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Kaiketsu Zorro fan
Hi! It's great to see another fan! :D In what language did you originally watch the series? I've checked out clips from various dubs on YouTube, and all versions of the series seem to have great voice actors. And who are your favourite characters?

I would absolutely love to read your fic if you ever write one, no matter what it's about. And I would write long reviews, too, since I like to tell authors in detail what I like about their fics.

In my fanfic, Gabriel is shot in the shoulder, and it never heals properly, so he can no longer handle a sword as masterfully as before. Raymond kicks him out of the army, so the fic mostly deals with Gabriel trying to find something else to do with his life while trying to get revenge on Zorro and Raymond because he blames them for what happened to him. But since it's going to be a long, long fic (right now, I have about 170 pages written) it's a lot more complicated than that.

Anyway, nice to meet you! ^ ^
(Anonymous)
May. 12th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
I watched it in Filipino way back in 1996 or 1997 (wow, such a long time already). Unfortunately there are no video clips in Youtube in this language. Also, it's a pity how the English dub could have garnered more fans had it been released/uploaded as a complete series instead of the "movie." So now I'm left with the original version with Polish translation. I can understand some of the Japanese words but what would I give for English translations of all the episodes...

Anyway, my favorite characters are Diego (particularly as Zorro) and Alicia (even though she was featured in just one episode). I think they would make good partners but Little Zorro is already in the picture, so too bad. I like Lolita as well, especially how she could be so feminine yet have moments of kicking ass in her own way.

If I ever write my fic, it would probably be just a one-shot. I just hope it won't turn out to be horrible. Thanks for the offer! By the way, if you don't mind, I have a favor to ask: Would it be all right for you to transcribe for me the dialogues in episode 51? I was planning to write the fic based on that episode. (Thanks.)

Your fic sounds interesting and I'd love to check it out. I won't mind how long it is; in fact, for a Kaiketsu Zorro fic, the longer the better for me.

On another note, it bugs me that I couldn't find any full versions of the opening and closing songs. There's the acoustic full version of "Zorro" but not its actual version. I personally think the opening and closing ones are pretty good for an anime series with a historical setting and the background music tracks are pretty decent. That makes it all the more frustrating. (Don't get me started about the existence of any MANGA. But it sure would make an excellent collector's item for any Kaiketsu Zorro fan.)

Heh, this show seems to be the very definition of rarity.


-- t.c <tc_3mudslide@yahoo.com>
vampirenaomi
May. 12th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Too bad that there aren't any Filipino clips on YT. I don't know much about that language, so it would be fun to hear what it sounds like and what kind of voices you chose for the characters. I don't like the voices in the English "movie" very much, especially not Raymond. The whole thing sounds somehow cheap.

Is Alicia the woman who made swords and dressed up as Zorro? She was awesome, and I wish she had shown up in more episodes. I think it would be a really interesting idea to have her work together with Zorro. She and Little Zorro could take turns or something. It would make it possible to have adventures with different team dynamics.

My favourite character is Gabriel, but I can't say why. He doesn't really have any redeeming qualities, but there is something about him that caught my interest right away. I also like Gonzales (or Garcia in some versions) a lot. The episode in which he falls in love with that magician girl and she leaves him was so sad.

I'm sure your fanfic would turn out just great! And I'll be happy to help. I'll get working on transcribing the episode tomorrow.

I have posted the first chapter of my fic and four one-shots here, but I don't know if they'll be your cup of tea since they're mostly about villains. Two of the one-shots are also Raymond/Gabriel slash, which might turn off some people. :P

I agree when it comes to the songs. The ending in particular is beautiful, and I'd love to hear a proper version of it. There has been some speculation about a soundtrack on German message boards, but it doesn't seem like it will come true. And I'd love manga, too. This series is just full of possibilities, so it's a shame that it's so forgotten.
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(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
Zorro is awesome
I am a big fan of Zorro. I just watched a clip of the dubbed english version. Do you think there will be a release of the series as a whole? I would love that. Diego and Lolita make a great couple.
vampirenaomi
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: Zorro is awesome
You mean a release with an English dub or subs? I find that a little unlikely, but who knows? We can always hope. :)
(Anonymous)
Jun. 13th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan, too. I don't know why there isn't much material about this anime. Maybe we can create a fan site...
My favourite character is Raymond. I love your fics Raymond x Gabriel ^_^
vampirenaomi
Jun. 13th, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
Hi! Awesome to see another Raymond fan! And I'm glad you like my fics. ^ ^ A writer called Ayumie has written two great Raymond/Gabriel fics. One is here and the other one here.

Edited at 2010-06-13 01:11 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
do you know some site where i can download the videos of Zorro for free??.. hehe.. and i think there will be no other sources of Filipino version of the show aside from the TV network. and also i really really liked the voices of Diego and Lolita in that Filipino version.. they sound romantic when they talk to each other hehehe.. i was still in grade school when i saw this show.. and i want to watch it again even if it's in polish or greek version.. but incase you know some site, please let me know.. thanks
vampirenaomi
Nov. 20th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Hi! I don't know if it can be downloaded anywhere, but I think the whole series is up on YouTube in Polish (with Japanese voices in the background) and German. There are also some episodes in Italian and Spanish.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
thanks for the reply.. im watching the italian version because it has the best video quality..
Anurag Kashyap
Dec. 12th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
my fav
hello friend
i am also a big fan of zorro.i wathced it when i was 8 years of age.
i saw it in hindi lang.it was my fav animated series including cinderella which is also produced by orlando corradi.I searched everywhere for english or hindi version of series but failed to get it.if u have any suggestions
then please help
thanku
(Anonymous)
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
i used to watch this show few years back in hindi.all the episodes were dubbed in hindi and aired properly here in india.
it was so awesome!
i love this series.
but i cant find these series anywhere in the net(in hindi)
i would be extremely happy if i find this series in english atleast!

i did find the movie in english but the movie of kaiketsu zorro was not properly edited and they cut a huge part(including many important parts of the series)

so,i am not satisfied with just watching the movie!

i want the whole series in hindi or in english so bad!

i hope i can find english or hindi dubbed dvdsof this series!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 3rd, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
can someone explain me the ep44 because I can't undersand german;
vampirenaomi
Apr. 3rd, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
In episode 44, a rebel group called Golden Tigers is giving trouble to the army by stealing their wheat and setting their warehouses on fire. Gabriel gets the idea that he will pretend he has turned good so that the rebels will contact him and try to get information from him. That way, he could lure them to a trap. Raymond doesn't think it's a very good idea, but he decides to go along with it anyway.

Gabriel does good deeds and is nice to people. The people start to like him, but the rebels don't make contact with him. Gonzales tells him that he overheard a girl asking why Gabriel isn't their commander instead of Raymond. This gets Gabriel thinking that now that he's popular with the people, maybe he could use the situation to his advantage and take Raymond's place.

Diego is friends with the rebels. Their leader, Rico, says that they want to make Gabriel their contact within the army. Diego tells them it's not a good idea to trust Gabriel.

The rebels set another warehouse on fire. Raymond is furious that Gabriel's plan isn't working and hits him with his horsewhip. Gabriel is so angry and humiliated that he goes off drinking. That's when Rico contacts him for information. Since Gabriel is still so angry, he tells Rico what Raymond's schedule for the next day will be so that the rebels can kill him.

The rebels confront Raymond and his soldiers on the road, but then Jekyll and more soldiers appear. Raymond explains that the whole thing was a trap: he knew the rebels wouldn't trust Gabriel before his betrayal appeared genuine, so he angered Gabriel on purpose to make him betray him. That way, he could lure the rebels into a trap.

Zorro arrives to save the rebels and has a fight with Raymond. In the end of the episode, Raymond tells Gabriel that he had better stay in line from now on.

You can watch a few clips from this episode with English subtitles here
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 3rd, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
thanks for imformation.see you later
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
diego is my favourite character.I also love gabriel,who I don't understand if loves Lolita or not.
vampirenaomi
Apr. 8th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
I don't think Gabriel loves Lolita, at least not that much. He probably just wants a beautiful wife from a good family as a status symbol or something, and Lolita is the best candidate for that.

Nice to see another fan around!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hi guys.I'm also a kaiketsu zorro fan.I have seen this series in greek and it was realy good.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 13th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
i love kaiketsu zorro.i think that spanish version is the best.diego and lolita makes a great couple.gabriel and reimond are so different.reimond is simply a criminal although gabiel has feelings.all the episodes are very good but my favourite is ep34.teo is my favourite character of all the series.he is so mysterious.
vampirenaomi
Apr. 13th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hi! Great to see another fan of Teo. He's one of my favourite characters in the series. I wish we had seen more of his and Diego's time in Spain.
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
can someone help me to download this series.enyway i have seen kaiketsu zorro in tv and i like it very much.last episode is very good but i'm not sure about reimonds' end.ifeel sorry about gonzales.isn't it a good idea for him to find a wife in the end,for example maria?
vampirenaomi
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I have no idea where to download the series. In what language would you like to get it?
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
i would like to download zorro in a good version as spanish,greek,italian or an other good version?
vampirenaomi
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
I tried to take a look around, but all the torrents I found seem to be dead. I think your best option is watching the series on YouTube.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 18th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
hi,guys.lolita loves diego or zorro?
vampirenaomi
Apr. 18th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
I think she always loved Diego but became infatuated with Zorro because Diego was not the man she remembered when he returned from Spain. Zorro, on the other hand, was everything she wanted to see in Diego. Towards the end of the series, there was that episode in which Lolita's parents were trying to get her married to someone else, and she seemed truly saddened by that she couldn't be with Diego. In her dream in that episode, she imagined herself with Diego, not Zorro.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
i think it would be better if we see more some heros of zorro for example maria.how much time was diego in spain?has he seen the crimes of army before go to spain? which is your favourite episode of this series?
vampirenaomi
Apr. 24th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, it would have been great if some of the side characters like Maria had got a little more screen time. Plus, I wish the series had continuous character development from episode to episode.

It's difficult to say how long Diego was in Spain, but I think it should be at least a year. As for the crimes, I think he must have seen something because both he and Teo knew the army was nothing but trouble and Teo was even planning to join them so that he could rise in ranks and weed out the corruption. It probably wasn't as bad as in California, though.

My favourite episode is 44, Gabriel's Rebellion because Gabriel is my favourite character and I like how that episode was almost all about him. Are you the same person who said that episode 34 is their favourite?
(Anonymous)
Apr. 26th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
yes!I think that this episode is an ode to friendship!Teo in the end prove he was a real friend.the moment he died to save diegos'life is my favourite.from where are you?
vampirenaomi
Apr. 27th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Yes, I loved that episode as well. The ending was so sad and beautiful.

I'm from Finland.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 26th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
i've seen zorros' photos in your album.they're fantastic!my favourite of them are reimonds' images.i love him because he is so evil!bravo again!
vampirenaomi
Apr. 27th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Do you mean my Photobucket album? I completely forgot I even had any Zorro pics there. :P
(Anonymous)
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
hi.i had seen kaiketsu zorro before ten years in italian version.when did you see at the first time kaiketsu zorro?gabriel is my favourite character of the series.he is so hypocrit,intelligent and brave, not of course as zorro!can you imagine kaiketsu zorro without gabriel?do you know any actor who gives his voice in the series in any version?
vampirenaomi
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Hi! Glad to hear from another Gabriel fan! :D I like him exactly for the qualities you listed. Plus, he's really funny when Zorro defeats him.

I watched the anime for the first time in 2009, I think. I watched it in German.

Gabriel is voiced by Kenyuu Horiuchi in Japanese and Matthias Klages in German. I don't know about any other versions, though.

Who are your other favourite characters?
(Anonymous)
Jun. 10th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
I love all the characters of the series.Gonzales,maria and lolitas parents offer laugh.i think that reimond and my gabriel are my favourite because they are so evil and create all the plot.isn't it a good idea to have seen gabriel good side?do you remember him to do somethink good?today i saw at first time ep47.do you remember it?at the last episode isn't it gripping if gabriel or reimond anderstood that zorro is diego?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
i love all the characters of the series but my favourites are reimond and gabriel because they're create all the plot.what are you believe of jekil?anyway i think that it would be better if we had seen also
gabriels' good side.do you remember if he has even had something good?are reimond and gabriel find out the truth about zorro?
vampirenaomi
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
I think Jekyll was a really fascinating character, and I like it how he had so much character development and turned from Zorro's enemy into his ally. As for Gabriel, I'm not sure if he ever said or did anything good. I think you could argue that he was being good when he tried to protect the Governor General's wife from the bandits in episode 27. However, it was his duty, so I'm not sure if it counts.

I don't think either Raymond or Gabriel ever found out the truth about Zorro.
Shaily Rahman
Aug. 9th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
i am a GARGANTUAN fan of the zorro series. i watched it in English many years ago. But no matter how much i search, i can't find the episodes with English dubbing or even with English subtitles, for that matter. i've been looking for it for years now and im desperate :'(
I know it's going to be a bother for you but would you be kind enough as to post the episodes with English subtitles? Im dying to watch diego and lolita. this is a cry of help from one fellow fan to another. Can you please help me? PLEASE!!!
vampirenaomi
Aug. 9th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hi! Great to see another fan! I've actually been thinking about uploading at least some episodes in German with English subtitles, but if I do that, it's going to take a lot of time because I have to make the subtitles myself. I already have a few clips up here.

I'll let you know if I post more. :)

Edited at 2011-08-09 07:43 pm (UTC)
Shaily Rahman
Aug. 10th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
yeeek! thank you so much! at least I get too see em! thanks. please, do let me know should you ever upload the eps with eng subs :)
(Anonymous)
Sep. 1st, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
hi guys!I 'm akaiketsu zorro fan from Spain.My favourite episodes are
ep47 and ep51.I have seen all the episodes in italian and greek.Because i don't know italian very good can you explain me ep51?
Was Reimond try to kill Capital?
(Anonymous)
Oct. 29th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, Raymond wanted to kill Kapital on the ship because he feared that he would tell all the truth once captured by South India (or Zorro).
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